Writing Wednesday: National Poetry Day

Last Thursday, 3rd October, was National Poetry Day. The theme was ‘water’. Events took place all over, but I wasn’t able to attend a single one. But in honour of that day, here is a poem I originally wrote during a long rainy night in hospital after my stroke. I’ve worked on it since, and hope you like the result.

Back to the River 

800px-Pluie_sur_l'estuaire_de_la_Seine_au_Havre“Back to the river, back to the river,”
hear the rain drops cry,
“We’re going homeward,
falling from the sky.”

“Back to the river, back to the river,”
rain comes lashing down.
Plunging ever downwards,
on countryside and town. 

“Back to the river, back to the river,”
eagerly seeking the way.
Gravity pulls and draws them
back to the river to play. 

“Back to the river, back to the river,”
sink into soft earth,
seeking for the channels
down to the river’s birth. 

“Back to the river, back to the river,”
fall on rock and stone.
Raindrops run together –
“We are going home.


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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